New Manchester United left-back Tyrell Malacia has warned Luke Shaw that he’s not settling for a back-up role at the club.
The 22-year-old made his debut on Tuesday in the 4-0 win against Liverpool at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium, coming on in place of Shaw.
When asked specifically about usurping Luke Shaw and becoming Manchester United first-choice left-back, Tyrell Malacia said: “There are some good left-backs here – Telles, Brandon, Luke, me, so you have to work hard and prove ourselves in training and in the end the coach will make a decision.
“Of course [I am] always [confident]. It’s everybody’s aim. You always want to play, so you have to work hard for it.”
He added: “My defence is good, my attacking, my technique is good, so I’m looking forward to playing.
“Of course I like to attack, I think that’s one of the reasons why he [Ten Hag] brought me here, so I have to prove to everyone why I’m here.
“He wants to attack with the left-back and right-back. I’m happy that I made my debut and that we got the win.
“I already feel like I’m home, they made me feel like I’m home already, so I’m happy. Of course it’s a big difference playing for United against Liverpool. I wanted this all my life, I worked hard for it, so I have to work harder now.”
Malacia also revealed he talked about Manchester United with former striker Robin van Persie.
“I spoke with him about United and his time in the Premier League – about some great memories, some good stories, so it’s always good, positive,” he said.
Malacia also revealed he didn’t speak with Holland head coach Louis van Gaal about joining Manchester United.
Jurrien Timber opted against joining Manchester United after Van Gaal warned it could cost him a place in Holland’s World Cup squad if he doesn’t play regularly.
“No, I didn’t speak to him,” Malacia said. “In the end the coach will make the decision, so we will see.”